Hey guys! Really sorry about the lack of content recently.. I’ve been putting off posting with the move going ahead because of database downloads meaning potentially (and likely) lost posts but today is my stop on The Midnight Spell blog tour, which is the collaberation between the amazing Rhiannon Frater and her friend Kody Boye, who is definitely an author I need to check out. This one is an exploration of equality and magic and I can’t wait to see how the two work together! The guest post below gives us just a little hint.
The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye – YA Paranormal
Adam and Christy have been best friends since kindergarten. Always the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas, they’ve always had to deal with nasty comments from their classmates. Adam is called “gay” while Christy is called “witch.”
On both counts the bullies are right.
Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious new boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome Ian seems to be going nowhere fast. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers is tough enough, but when a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her and Adam’s worries.
Soon Adam, Christy, their potential love interests, and their good friends Drifter and Olivia, will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before and will again.
Creating the Magic of The Midnight Spell
When Kody Boye and I decided to write a YA paranormal novel, we knew we wanted the supernatural elements to fit into a real world setting. Though there were definitely going to be fantastical elements, we felt it would suit the story better if they fit into a framework that would be easily relatable. The world of THE MIDNIGHT SPELL is just like our world. People don’t believe in magic or supernatural creatures. So the magical and the supernatural aspects of the story had to meld into the shadows of Christy and Adam’s world.
Kody and I both like to do research on our books, so it was fun to discover new details about legendary creatures and expand upon them for our book. One of us would find an interesting tidbit and we’d discuss it. There were definitely some parts of the story that developed out of our scouring of old legends.
Of course, we also totally disregarded things that didn’t fit the story. That’s the fun thing about mythology. There are so many different myths you can play about with it.
We also decided to remove Christy’s witch nature completely from any type of religion. In the book, witches are from another dimension. They immigrate to our world when their world suffers a cataclysm that robs it of all magic. They’re not humans that practice a certain faith system, but an actual race. This definitely gave us more leeway in the telling of her story and allowed us to have fun with the magic she practices.
Everything about this book was definitely a collaboration from beginning to end. Though I wrote from Christy’s viewpoint and Kody wrote from Adam’s, we did discuss all our major plot points and the creatures and magical aspects were infused into the story. In many ways, it made the process of writing the story much easier and quicker.
In my case, there was a bit of a disconnect between me and the magic. My role in mythology shaping didn’t really come until the later parts of the book (which I can’t particularly delve into without giving anything away,) during which point I wasn’t writing a lot of present mythology, but history on it. The paranormal — both fantastically-imagined and slightly-reflective of reality — has always fascinated me. I still keep up with Crytozoology blogs and ghost sightings. For everything fantastical there’s a bit of truth that makes it up. I mean, where else would vampires and werewolves come from?